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A defining characteristic of Boomer Men, or men born between the years 1946-1964 is their penchant to explore religious values to define themselves.

Despite the diversity, baby boomers generally:

  • value practical experience over dogma
  • seek personal fulfillment
  • have a healthy distrust in institutions.

Their autodidactic nature leads this generation to explore spiritual truths through the practice of reading in private.

To select a list of Christian books for this generation required sifting through many worthy titles.

We finally chiseled the list down to our top 7 favorite books for Christian men from the Boomer generation (click here to read the list compiled for boomer women).

These books have:

  • shaped lives
  • encouraged believers
  • influenced movements
  • sparked revival
  • motivated worldwide change

If you want to grow deeper in your relationship with God, learn more about His wonderful love, and be encouraged in your Christian journey, these books in addition to the Bible, will feed your masculine soul:

#1 Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated into more than 200 languages and read by millions of Christians.

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The story revolves around a man named Christian with an allegorical weight on his back. Weighed down with the weight of sin, Christian flees from his city, The City of Destruction, in search of the Celestial City.

The parallels of embarking on dangerour journeys in search of relief from burden has inspired men for over three centuries, ensuring that the Pilgrim’s Progress has been in print since 1678 and is until this day viewed as one of the greatest works of religious English literature.

#2 Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

Written around the time when the baby boomer generation began, C. S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity provides an excellent overview of Christianity. Comprised of Lewis’s legendary radio talks from the war years, it aims to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.”

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Rejecting the boundaries created by Christianity’s many denominations, C.S. Lewis builds Christian doctrine from the ground up, providing powerful and rational arguments for the Christian faith for both believers and non-believers.

#3 Confessions – Augustine Of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was one of the founding fathers and one of the most influential early Christian writers. Confessions is his spiritual autobiography. The book describes his his journey from rebellious youth to devout pastor.

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The Confessions is a deeply devotional and meditative book that is just as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago.

As the title suggests, the contents provide a bare bones view into Augustine’s struggles with sexual immorality, syncretism, pagan gods, exposure to false religions and heresy.

#4 The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer’s career as a Lutheran pastor was forged by his resistance to Germany’s Nazi regime.

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A martyrn who was hanged at a Nazi concentraion camp, Bonhoeffer believed that to follow Christ required resisting the forces of evil and preaching Christ through example and through speaking.

Discipleship uses the framework of the Sermon on the Mount to explain these Scriptural truths,

It is a challenge and an invitation for men (and women) to a radical discipleship, the kind that Jesus preached. The book stands in contrast to what the author refers to as the “cheap grace” of modern culture.

#5 Paradise Lost – John Milton

Milton is very clear about the purpose of Paradise Lost – it is to “justify the ways of God to men.”

Nearly everyone has had the experience of asking ‘why?’ in the face of life’s confusion, evil, and pain.

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Paradise Lost faces these questions, and places man in his proper place before God.

John Milton’s life as an English poet in the 1600’s was shaped by personal challenge and national crises.

Milton was completely blind when he wrote Paradise Lost, and battled political controversy.

#6 Desiring God: Meditations Of A Christian Hedonist – John Piper

According to John Piper, taking pleasure in pursuing God is not only permissible, it is absolutely essential.

This perspective-changing work dramatically alters traditional approaches in relating to God.

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A follower of Jesus can delight in the duty of his spiritual choices. Constantly quoting scriptures, Piper shows why and how a hedonistic abandon is essential in desiring God.

#7 Wild At Heart by John Eldredge

John Eldredge is a writer, a philosopher, a motivational speaker, an outdoorsman.

In Wild At Heart, Eldredge offers men the chance of reclaiming adventure and living from a place of authenticity.

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Eldredge reminds us that, “Men want a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is what is written in their hearts… It is undeniable… An authentic man is, therefore, a man who is living with strength and courage and offering his strength on behalf of others.”

Click here to read the list of 7 books that are essential for Christian Boomer women.